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Where to get Free Stuff and How to use it

Updated on July 26, 2014
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It's amazing how much free stuff we have right under our noses. We have stuff we didn't even know we had. I started thinking about that great big blob in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The United States is the largest consumer in the world, we buy more, we use more and we throw away more than any other country that has ever existed. Well,not only is it a terrible environmental problem, but it also wastes a lot of money, something most of us are in dire need of these days.

Here are some helpful tips on how to make use of the free stuff you already have and the free stuff that people want to give you as well as how to use it, reuse it or to sell it on eBay.

Vegetables

Do you throw away your vegetables after cutting them up for a dish? Don't do it, either freeze them to be thrown into a pot for broth or if they have the seeds on them,cultivate the seeds. It's not hard and people will buy them or you can use them in your own garden. Compost the rest for free fertilizer!

Old Clothes and Lint

Don't throw away old clothes! After they have been used, remove the zipper, buttons and harvest the material for patches and quilts. Use the lint in the dryer for batting! Or you can make a quilt out of old T-shirts, my cousin did this and it was really cute.

Plastic Baggies

Do you throw away plastic baggies? Why not wash them out? They are perfectly good and can be used over and over if you simply wash them and hang them to dry. You can also crochet with plastic bags and make purses (see vid below), just use your imagination!!!!

Making Art

When something is really too old to be used or broken, why not put your creative hat on and make some art? People do it all the time with broken dishes, laundry fuzz, rags and just about anything you could imagine. Just think of the possibilities. If you are stuck for an idea get on the internet,Google the items you have and see what is out there, it may give you an idea. There are more things out there these days and we have more access to it then we can possibly think of...search a little you will find something to do with your free stuff and who knows you might just come across a new invention, hobby or better yet income.

Sell it on Ebay or in a Garage Sale

I moved last year. While moving I had a lot of “free stuff” that I didn't want to keep, but it was also“stuff” that I knew was worth something. Living in the city makes it difficult to just throw your stuff on the front lawn and have a garage sale, so what is a girl to do? I started selling things on eBay. What I noticed is that there was all kinds of stuff selling on eBay, stuff I didn't even know people wanted. Things like buttons and Weight Watcher Guide Books (the kind you get at the meetings) and seeds and just everything. So now before I throw any of my free stuff away I look to see if it might sell on eBay. One thing you have to watch for is the shipping, make sure you put adequate shipping otherwise you might just end up paying someone else to take your free stuff. If you don't have enough stuff to sell in a garage sale, help someone who does. Not only will you be helping a friend but you can probably score some pretty good stuff while your there. If you don't have a friend who is having a garage sale go to any garage sale late in the day. Many times people just want to get rid of things and you can get a lot of stuff for free or at an extremely reduced price.

Craigslist

Finally, just in case you don't have any free stuff, Craigslist has lots of it! Look on Craigslist in the“For Sale” section under Free, there are all kinds of things in there you didn't know you needed. Free stuff you could sell, free stuff you could use and free stuff you can make things out of. All that is really needed is a little imagination and worlds can be created!

Now Get To It!


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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks, I need to revise it and add some more stuff.

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Great post Brie

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      sriram7569 7 years ago

      good ideas ..thanks

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      Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks, glad you liked it.

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      terrific hub reading thanksz

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      Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

      Please don't link it because it has nothing to do with what I write but you can send it to me if you like.

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      Enlydia Listener 7 years ago from trailer in the country

      My daughter doesn't have a website...but I can link an article written about her in the Bridgerunners Magazine.

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      Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

      Nicole: You could store it in one of those plastic bags that deflate under your bed, I've forgotten what they are called. I really don't know about the allergies, I mean it's fuzz from the clothes you've been wearing and it's clean so I wouldn't think it would bother you if your own clothes, sheets and towels don't bother you. A friend of mine said you could also use it to make pot holders and tea covers for gifts...then you wouldn't need as much.

      Thanks for writing Quill

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Great Hub as always...reusing is so important...society today has become a throw-a-way society and that is a waste in so many ways when you think of all the natural resources it takes to make this stuff...

      Blessings

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      Nicole A. Winter 7 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Hey, Brie, I was curious about the laundry fuzz quilt idea... where would you store it until you had enough to quilt with? And... don't you think it might not be good for people with allergies? I really wonder about that...

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      Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

      No, there is no pain in heaven, nor shall the sun smite them for He shall wipe away every tear.

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      Cheddar Chazz 7 years ago

      You might want to save some of this stuff for when you get Raputred.

      It can get mighty cold in Hebben

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      Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

      There are treasures galore on Craigslist...I could write a whole book on Craigslist :)

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      loriamoore 7 years ago

      My brother gave away his old but working piano on CraigsList.

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      Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Nicole, I'm glad you like it. I haven't tried the quilt idea yet (with the laundry fuzz batting) but I have plans to.

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      Nicole A. Winter 7 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Brie Hoffman: Wow... I bookmarked this hub, it's one of the most useful things I've seen in a long time, absolutely fantastic! I can't wait to put some of these ideas to use... I never even thought of rewashing old plastic zip-lock bags, (I started setting them with our old left-over plastic bags from the store, until recently, which I finally made the switch to reusable bags at the store...) I'm really into the idea of reusing as much as possible. I've become horrified recently at how much food my family wastes, (not on purpose, of course,) and have made a concerted effort to start eating and reusing every thing we have. Thank-you so much for publishing this!

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      Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

      Well, I tend to use everything I have but thanks. Does she have a website?

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      Enlydia Listener 7 years ago from trailer in the country

      Hi Brie...you should hook up with my daughter in NY...she is an art therapist and she uses old throw away stuff for her artwork...she just moved too and had to deal with getting rid of a lot of stuff.

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      Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

      I'm glad you liked it!

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      blackreign2012 7 years ago

      great info ty for sharing

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      Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

      Oh yeah, it's great!

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      I didn't know Craigs List had free stuff. I'll take a look. Good hub.

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